Development Specialist
University of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT

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25000 to 45000

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Job Summary
Entry-level departmental development specialist at the University of Utah. Supports Department of Communication’s development activities involving the solicitation of donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies, including initiating, establishing, coordinating, and maintaining corporate gift giving, capital campaigns, planned giving agreements, annual funds, major gifts, grant applications, special fund-raising events and activities, and departmental public relations and telemarketing.

Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Accounting, Economics, Finance, Business, Management, Marketing, Public Relations, English, or related field or equivalency. Corporate, individual, or foundation fundraising expected. Excellent interpersonal communication and human relations skills a requirement. Experience in marketing, sales, public relations, Web design, content management, spreadsheet production, and personnel management a plus.

Experience in grant proposal writing, public presentation and publication in print and/or electronic media preferred. Must demonstrate an ability to work alone and in concert with others.

Work with Department Chair and faculty Director of Development in strategic planning to increase departmental fund-raising effectiveness.

Liaise between University, College, and Department development staff as well as regular faculty, students, and staff. Match faculty members with relevant funding opportunities to create and maintain alumni support, connections, and relations.

Monitor and manage gift accounts, including endowed and expendable funds, in accordance with donor(s) gift agreements. Prepare stewardship letters, invitations, and correspondence for Chair. Generate drafts of gift agreement content and grant proposals.

Oversee departmental public relations: send fliers, letters, and other relevant materials to alumni, faculty, students, and community members. Prepare information about and support image and branding of department.

Produce development-relevant reports (e.g., Advance computer system) for Department Chair and faculty Director of Development. Responsible for the preparation of mass mailings, donor spreadsheets, and other associated clerical tasks, as needed.

Develop long-term relationships with alumni and prospective donors; may include travel to meet with donors (as needed).

Ensure appropriate recognition of donors and prepare annual donor newsletters and help facilitate alumni, donor, and prospective donor communications.

Track solicitation progress and ensure proper records are maintained of solicitations in order to avoid duplication.

Coordinate development meetings. Assist in the preparation of contact reports for Department Chair and faculty Director of Development and document in Advance.

Other duties as assigned.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible staff position supervised by the Department Chair and faculty Director of Development.

Assists in organizing and implementing fundraising campaigns and special development projects for a department. Plans, develops and manages specific program/events centered on public relations and development activities. Researches sources, collaborates with staff members and coordinates volunteers. Assists with design and implementation of new ideas and programs. Evaluates effectiveness and makes recommendations for change. Identifies and maintains information on donors and prospective donors. Develops and distributes brochures and literature supporting development activities and programs. Prepares media and press releases, public service announcements and coordinates interviews.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or a related field, or equivalency; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience which includes fundraising, grant and publication writing, planning and implementing special events and programs and a successful track record in raising donations is preferred.


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Additional Information
This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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